Backing up Big Bang


From Reuters:

U.S. duo win physics Nobel for backing up Big Bang

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Americans John Mather and George Smoot won the 2006 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for work on cosmic radiation which helped pinpoint the age of the universe and supported the Big Bang theory of its birth…

…Their work took Big Bang theory, which contends the universe began 15 billion years ago as a tiny dot that exploded into today’s huge system of stars and planets, out of the realm of mathematical equations and into the world of precise science.

When their research was published in 1992, famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking called it the “greatest discovery of the century, if not of all time.”

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Bill Clinton Fox News

Bill Clinton unloaded on Fox News tonight regarding accusations that he didn’t go after Bin Laden during his presidency. (The show was recorded on Friday). Clinton debunks some popular fiction that’s been reported in the media lately. It’s great to see Clinton taking a stand with Fox.

UPDATE: Matthew Good’s posted a great video of Keith Olbermann’s “True America” commentary, in response to Bill Clinton on Fox news. Olbermann’s commentary is smart and to the point. Enjoy.

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India Bans Child Labor

Made in India - 100% wool tag in sweater

A step in the right direction…

India has passed a law banning child labor and I think that’s great news.

The Toronto Star reports:

The new legislation bans children under the age of 14 from working as domestic servants or at hotels, tea shops, restaurants and resorts.

The labour ministry said the ban would come into effect Oct. 10 and those violating it could face a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine of 20,000 rupees ($484 Canadian).

My understanding is that enforcement is going to be difficult at the beginning, but even if it is, getting the laws in place is an important first step.